larsga (7675) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2006
Medium fine-laced white head. Orange body with slight haze. Very harmonic aroma--hard to analyze. Tropical fruit, tobacco, and subtle, light dusty balanced spices. Orange, wood, and pepper. Taste is milky acidic tobacco with tropical fruit notes and chalk. Bitter dandelion aftertaste. Not bad, but it’s possible the bottle was too old. Should re-rate to be sure. (0.75l bottle.) thornecb (6147) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Pours dark amber into a tulip. Off-white micro head subsides with slight, slick lacing. Pit fruit aromas. Crisp with sour spice and a lasting funky finish. emacgee (4711) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 Poured a hazy light tan brew with a thing pale head that disappeared quickly. The aroma was fruity and earthy. The taste completely threw me. It was my first saison and I was not expecting it. It was very very earthy, funky, musty. I was not a fan. Maybe it was the fantome or maybe it was just the fact that it was a saison, regardless I was not a fan. The musty/earthy/funky taste was so overwhelming I couldn’t get at anything else. tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2006
750 ml bottle: pours a hazy amber color with an off white head. sweet malty, yeast spicy aroma.maybe just a hint of cadny/bubble gum/honey. flavors are quite complex. malt sweetness up front with some spiciness. wheat, caramel, light fruit and grapes, bubble gum, anise. earthy, funky wildness. faint hint of citrus and flowers. very drinkable. smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2006
Bottle - big yeasty nose with bunches of spice. Amber, rusty body with a HUGE beige head and floaties galore. Hugely complex flavor ... gonna take a while to describe and I’m not sure I’ll do it justice. Big yeast up front followed by a clove finish. In initial swallows flavors just bounce all over the mouth. Tart and acidic. A nice, fizzy mouthfeel. I’m not a huge Belgian fan, but - wow!
kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Murky brownish-yellow appearance; fine lacing and a single layer of retained head. Yeasty, reserved, marshmallow-like, honey and pepper; slightly hesitant aroma, overall. Huge, complex mouthfeel: yeasty, spice, pepper, belgian sugars, light citrusy bitterness - everything slightly tart and effervescent (Champagne-like) on the tongue. Yeast and spices (cardamom?) dominate on a lengthy, satisfying finish. Such an excellent beer. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Poured in everything. Looks like dark rust. Nearly opaque. A hardened soft glow seeks the center but doesn’t even come close. A tall, all encompassing, cap of thick, luscious foam sweeps up the side of the goblet growing like the increasing wind of a oncoming storm. The top is tanned light brown in hue with a spot of brown leather in the center from the yeasty drippys. Tends to keep one heck of top sitting there the whole glass through; from pour to pour until the bottle is empty, the top is always sitting with a solid presense. Lacing is slow and low into the glass with patterns of thickly stringed blobby forms.
Aroma is soft and tender of a darkened tartness of citrus and smokey malts. Kinda grapey, kinda plummy, a certain funk of leather and wet, old wood simply keeps it interesting to the nose.
Flavors are simple in composure but complex in layers and length. Simple ways about it seem forebodingly dark and seeping into a sweet, deep tartness thats amazingly soft and supple. Flavors are a wave of mixtures making the overall current a tasty little display of dark grape and citrusy orange dusted with cocoa and semi tangy molasses. Very moderate really but lasting. Rides out for a tauntifingly, yeastified, sweet, and candied treat. The semi sweetness, sugared cookie doughness, and wood/leather funk hints is the make and mark of a great Belgian beer. And this smacks of that fact.
Feel is sublime! So succulant, so soft and tender. It works sublimely with the flavors across the palate. As if to unfold, or create a breeze with verve and steadiness. The body is just over medium and never strays from there. Texturized in fluffy stuff that yeasty things like to create. Perfect.
This is one very damn fine brew. That 8% and bigger 750ml bottle can catch ya off guard right quick if your not careful. A sipper, sure. But downable all the same. Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2006
750 ml bottle
Boutip (6627) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2006
Thanks to hezron for sharing this at a small tasting on the 10th. It was the
first beer we sampled of three and probably the best of the afternoon. The
best part is that this particular bottle cost a whopping $3.99 at the local
grocery store. Now that’s value.
Aroma / Appearance - A bubbly off-white head settled into the chestnut
colored body, leaving only a faint trace of coating. The nose was an
interesting take on the typical saison. I detected many fruity characteristics
including apples and pears. In addition there was a mixture of vanilla, hay
and bittersweet cheap chocoloate (like Hersheys).
Flavor / Palate - After taking a sip, I found that my expectation was
completely diffferent. Instead of an average beer, this one had plenty of
complexity and balance. Wheat, semi-sweet chocoloate, honey and butterscotch
were among the first few sips. Towards the end it resembled rye bread. The
malt profile was very well done, making this an intruiging and excellent take
on the saison style.
Bottle: Poured a dirty dark yellow color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of weird spice mix with some strong Saaz hops. Taste is incredibly dry probably from the mix of spices and hops but doesn’t really excite my taste buds. Body is about average and carbonation is quite low. Not bad but just doesn’t provide the magic that I usually find in Fantome beers. AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2006
A transluscent brown color, some sediment in suspension on an undisturbed bottle, with a fat-bubbled head that is sustained by aggressive carbonation. Aroma is milk-like but absolutey dominated by cola and soybean fried potato chips with some nice dark fruit touches. Though for a winter beer I would assume deeper, lusher malt aromas. Flavor is all about the dark, sundried fruit and a little cola that is all lifted away by a nice carbonation level. A touch of cork in this beer is actually welcome to add an ethereal, background complexity and to help perceptively dry the beer out from being cloying. This is pretty tasty.